VIA has introduced a new Pico-ITX computer board called the VAB-800. It measures less than 4″ x 2.9″ across, and VIA is positioning the board as a solution for industrial or in-vehicle applications.
But like the VIA APC, the Raspberry Pi, and any number of other cheap, low power barebones computers we’ve seen this year, I suspect a fair number of hobbyists would be interested in getting their hands on something like the VAB-800 to run Android or Linux apps.
The VAB-800 is available with a Freescale 800 MHz or 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor. It has 1GB of integrated RAM and supports up to 64GB of flash storage.
It also offers far more connection ports than you’ll find on a Raspberry Pi, with 2 USB 2.0 ports, a mini HDMI port, an Ethernet jack, VGA port, and a number of additional connectors for cameras, audio, storage, and other peripherals.
The computer officially supports Google Android 2.3, Ubuntu 10.04, or Windows Embedded Compact 7, although I wouldn’t be surprised if you could trick it into running some other operating systems as well.
It supports 1080p HD video playback and 3D graphics acceleration.
The VIA VAB-800 is a low power device, with average power consumption of about 2W and a maximium TDP of 5W.
VIA is already making sample units available to potential customers, but you have to contact VIA if you want details on the price.
via Netbook News
In stock https://www.logicsupply.nl/motherboards/small-form-factor/vab-800/
soon a barebone will be released. VIA will expand this platform with products the coming years.
With those specs it better be cheap. But it won’t. Do like the nice assortment of connectors. Would be nice to see someone put a current production SoC on a board.
via with its antilinux stance? thank you, i’ll pass
Great, there is also a SATA connector.
i dont see the sata power connector, though…
Isn’t the SATA power connector usually part of the PSU unless there are boards that route out a SATA power connector assuming it has a powerful enough PSU.
Of course, I’m not an expert when it comes to Pico-ITX boards and power supplies.
You’re absolutely right!
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